Dr Baldev Raj has assumed responsibilities as the Director of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, one of India’s leading multi-disciplinary institutions. A distinguished scientist and former Director of the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research in Kalapakkam, Dr Baldev Raj has helped advance several challenging technologies, especially those related to the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) and the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR). He has also nurtured and grown excellent schools of global stature in nuclear materials and mechanics, non-destructive evaluation, nano science and technology, and robotics & automation. He is pursued his work in interdisciplinary domains of energy, cultural heritage, medical technologies, nano science and technology and education. He has been responsible for providing solutions to many unsolved problems in Strategic and Security sectors in the country.
The author of more than 970 academic papers in peer reviewed journals along with 70 books and special journal volumes, Dr Baldev Raj has been recognized by way of more than 100 awards, 380 honours, keynote, invited lectures and assignments in more than 30 countries. A recipient of the PadmaShri; the other awards include Life Time Achievement Award of the Indian Nuclear Society, the HomiBhabha Gold Medal, Distinguished Materials Science Award, Materials Research Society of India, etc He is a distinguished alumni of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
A member of the Circle of Advisors, Cambridge University, UK, and a member of the Search Group for the Queen Elizabeth prize in engineering, Dr Baldev Raj is also a Fellow of all the Science and Engineering academies in India, German Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Sciences. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IITGandhinagar, a member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and President-Elect of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technology Sources. He is Honorary Member, International Medical Sciences Academy.
Dr Baldev Raj is known to have mentored hundreds of children, students, scientists and technologists, inspiring them to pursue high levels of professionalism in the pursuit of science and technology without losing sight of the need for exemplary ethical practices.